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2017 IIHF World Championship Recap: Day 2

Here’s a summary of Saturday’s IIHF Men’s World Championship games. Switzerland vs. Slovenia 5-4 SO Goalies: Jonas Hiller vs. Gasper Kroselj (1st period) & Matija Pintaric (2nd period – ) The game began with forward Tanner Richard checking Slovenian forward Jan Urbas flying into the Swiss bench. This was followed by a barrage of first period goals by the highly …

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Russia Crushes USA, Takes Bronze at the 2016 World Championships

All it took was 6:23. Vyacheslav Voynov’s early goal set things in motion. And, by the time Russia and the United States left the ice, the home team stood victorious, receiving goals from six different players in a 7-2 demolition of the Americans in the bronze medal match at the 2016 IIHF World Championships. While Voynov’s tally kicked off the …

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Canada edges United States, will play for gold at 2016 World Championships

After turning in a clunker in their round robin matchup, round two of Canada vs. the United States at the 2016 World Hockey Championships more than lived up to its billing. As expected, the two teams showed their disdain for one another throughout the game, getting things started in the first with some hard hits and many a scrum. To …

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Finland Finishes-Off Russia, Advances to Gold Medal Game Final

It was highly reminiscent of the 2014 Olympic quarter-final between these two nations in Sochi, where the Finns also conceded an opening goal, but bounced back to oust their highly touted neighbors 3-1. The host Russians gave a full effort at the Ice Palace, but Finland’s team play was superior once again. Finland, which has a perfect record with nine …

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Canada Stomps Sweden, Advances to Semis at the 2016 World Championships

The battle of North America is set at the World Championships. After the Americans pulled off a stunning upset of the top-seeded Czechs earlier Thursday, the Canadians – coming off their first loss at the World Championships in over two years, at the hands of the Finns – dissected the Swedes with ease to set up a great semi-final matchup …

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Russia Knocks-Off Germany, Advances to Semis at the 2016 World Championships

Twenty minutes into the 2016 IIHF World Championships’ Thursday quarterfinal slate, Russia found itself in a bind. Despite outshooting their German opponents 13-6–and otherwise controlling the flow of play–they found themselves trailing by one heading into the first intermission. Patrick Reimer’s unassisted tally gave the Germans hope. It also sparked the home team to life. Propelled by the tandem of …

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Finland Downs Denmark, Advances to Semis at the 2016 World Championships

Focusing on defense first, the Finns capitalized on Danish mistakes, and Denmark just wasn’t equipped to return the favor. It was classic Finnish hockey from Kari Jalonen’s men. The result was no surprise. Heading into the semi-finals, Finland remains the tournament’s only team with a perfect record, and its goal differential is now an impressive 34-7. “We knew there were …

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USA Edges Czech Republic, Advances to Semis at the 2016 World Championships

A young USA team sprang a surprise to down the highly-fancied Czechs in a shoot-out. Auston Matthews’ decisive goal snapped a tense 1-1 tie in the quarter final to send the Americans to the final four for the second year in a row. He added to his goal in regulation, beating Dominik Furch at the near post, before Keith Kinkaid …

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Russia Steamrolls Sweden at the 2016 World Championships

Throughout the 2016 IIHF World Championships, the Russian line of Artemi Panarin, Vadim Shipachyov and Evgeni Dadonov has been among the competition’s elite. Combining for 12 goals and 34 points, members of the trio have torn up the opposition, occupying three of the tournament’s top-four positions on the scoring leaderboard. Tuesday proved no different. Responsible for five of their team’s …

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Norway Defeats Latvia at the 2016 World Championships

Entering Tuesday, Norway head coach Roy Johansen had helmed his national squad through 15 iterations of the IIHF World Championships. But, after all those years, the time had come–regardless of the outcome, Norway’s prolific bench boss would step down from the position he’s held for the better part of two decades. And, squarely out of quarterfinal contention, his charges delivered, …

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Slovakia Slips By USA at the 2016 World Championships

In the quarter-final, the Americans will face the Czech Republic, which topped Group A. Marko Dano’s overtime winner was anticlimactic and irrelevant in the standings. Since the U.S. came in with nine points to Slovakia’s six, the Slovaks needed a regulation-time win to get to the next round, but couldn’t pull it off. “We were trying to take the game …

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